DISCOVERING FRENCH POLYNESIA
Island-hopping in the South Pacific
French Polynesia comprises 118 islands, divided into five archipelagos in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. These island chains are dubbed the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Archipelago, the Marquesas Archipelago and the Austral Archipelago. Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti are all within the Society Islands.
Spread over a surface area larger than Europe, the islands of French Polynesia themselves are tiny, barely occupying 4,000 square-kilometres of land – less than one percent the size of France, more or less the size of Rhode Island. It takes about 50 minutes to fly to Bora Bora from Tahiti’s Papeete Airport. A flight from Los Angeles to Papeete takes around eight hours.
French Polynesia enjoys a marine tropical climate, with lots of sun all year round and just enough rain to nurture the growth of lush vegetation. The region receives an annual average of eight hours of sunshine per day with temperatures between 24°C (75°F) and 30°C (86°F) and lagoon water temperatures between 23°C (73°F) and 26°C (79°F). There are two distinct seasons. November to April is the wet season (with January the wettest month), while August is the driest month.
An exotic luxury experience at InterContinental Resorts
InterContinental offers four separate resorts in the Society Archipelago. The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is a 4-star resort located on the main island of Bora Bora, on Matira Point. This intimate boutique hotel features a long, private white-sand beach with crystal-clear turquoise waters. The other InterContinental Resort in Bora Bora – the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa – is located on Motu Piti Aau Island. Opened in May 2006, this resort features an eco-friendly air-conditioning system that utilises cold, deep-sea water extracted from the Pacific Ocean. Its Thalasso Spa is the first in the world to use deep-sea water and minerals in all of its signature treatments.
We also offer the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, located on Tahiti near Papeete, close to the airport. A gateway to French Polynesia, it features expansive resort grounds and two pools with fantastic views of Tahiti's sister island, Moorea.